From Devon & Cornwall Police:
Cornwall Samaritans and the county’s #Coastsafe group have teamed up to provide a lifeline to those contemplating suicide.
Representatives from a wide range of agencies including police, fire and community safety, coastguard, the RNLI, Environment Agency and the Samaritans met at a #Coastsafe forum to discuss ideas on how to reduce fatalities around water including interventions for those suffering and thinking of self-harm.
Last year there were 18 deaths on Cornwall’s coastline – some of those were intentional. The #Coastsafe group highlighted a need to signpost those with suicidal intentions to support services at a crucial time. As a result Samaritans contact boards have been placed at up to 30 coastal locations to raise awareness of the charity and to hopefully provide support for people to contact in their time of need.
PC Andy Mulhern was instrumental in setting up #Coastsafe and getting partners to work together. He said: “Collaboration is key to reducing fatalities around the waters of the UK, not just with emergency services but with charities, communities, individuals and society as a whole.”
The #coastsafe twitter account @CoastSafe_DandC has over 1100 followers and shares messages from all the key agencies including the RNLI, Cornwall Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard and the Royal Life Saving Society. With the support of St Austell Brewery posters alerting people to the dangers of the coast and signposting them to a wealth of advice which is available on https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/coastsafe are being distributed at pubs and locations at Cornwall’s popular coastal locations.
Samaritans can be contacted by telephone FREE 24/7 on 116 123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org”